NBC launches streaming service Peacock

NBC launches streaming service Peacock
Published: 22 September 2019 - 12:27 p.m.
By: Digital Studio Middle East Staff

NBC Universal has announced a streaming service – Peacock.

Peacock will launch in April 2020 and include over 15,000 hours of content, comprised of a wide range of classic sitcoms, reboots of classic sitcoms, new original shows, and a library of films from Universal Pictures.

Cult comedy series The Office (US version) and Parks and Recreation, as well as reboots of Battlestar Galactica, Saved by the Bell, and Punky Brewster are all expected to make their way on the US-based network provider’s service.

Peacock is set to enter the ring with Netflix, Disney, Apple, and WarnerMedia in the fight for streaming supremacy.

NBC hasn’t announced pricing but it is expected that Peacock will have both ad-supported and subscription options.

One thing Peacock won’t have: Seinfeld, which aired on NBC from 1989 to 1998 (but was produced by Sony Pictures Television).

Netflix announced on Monday that it bought the streaming rights to the sitcom for a reported $500 million.

Netflix is hoping Seinfeld will help make up for the loss of Friends, which will soon stream exclusively on WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, HBO Max.

WarnerMedia also acquired all 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory to stream on HBO Max next year.

Peacock will have an extensive catalog of reality TV shows like Top Chef and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and streaming staple The Office is still incredibly popular with young people.

But just to be safe, NBC is plotting a reboot of that show, too.

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